The Crypt in Outer Space: Grief in Solaris

Mark Holmwood

Abstract


This short piece is about bereavement by suicide, prolonged grief disorder that might follow this traumatic loss, and the way it leads to suicidal ideation. I use Steven Soderbergh’s 2002 cinema adaptation Solaris as a fictional case study. In this inquiry, Abraham & Torok’s ‘cryptic mourning’ theory is combined with Jungian analysis, symbology and mythology to highlight the unusual results of Rosen’s research into suicidal adults.


Keywords


Solaris; suicidal ideation; bereavement by suicide; prolonged grief disorder; cryptic mourning; abaissement du niveau mental; psychotic suicidal depression; deus ex machina; transformation; numinosum

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1234/fa.v0i83.404





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